Urizen

A work made of monotype, with pen and brown and gray inks and watercolor, on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of monotype, with pen and brown and gray inks and watercolor, on cream wove paper.

Date:

1794

Artist:

William Blake
English, 1757-1827

About this artwork

Although produced as an independent work, this unique hand-colored print is based on one of Blake’s plates from The Book of Urizen (published 1794), among the artist’s most complex printed books. In it, Blake’s invented mythology describes Urizen as “Creator of Men,” a god of immense power who invented a repressive web of laws and religion based on reason. For Blake, Urizen’s laws limited energy and crushed the imagination.
Here, Blake depicts Urizen as a bearded old man crouching beneath a large rock, adhering closely to the following verses from The Book of Urizen: “And a roof, vast petrific around, / On all sides He fram’d: like a womb.”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Blake

Title

Urizen

Origin

England

Date

1794

Medium

Monotype, with pen and brown and gray inks and watercolor, on cream wove paper

Dimensions

170 × 127 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2012.74

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